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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The large domesticated mammals were all domesticated before what date?
(a) 2500 B.C.
(b) 5000 B.C.
(c) 8000 B.C.
(d) 10,000 B.C.

2. Which of the following is not poisonous in the wild?
(a) Eggplants
(b) Watermelons
(c) Squash
(d) Lima beans

3. Plant and animal domestication led to which of the following?
(a) Increased hunger
(b) Denser human populations
(c) Sparser societies
(d) Less warfare

4. Which of the following did domestic livestock not provide people?
(a) Access to water
(b) Meat
(c) Power
(d) Fertilizer for other plants

5. Which of these areas does not have a climate similar to the Fertile Crescent?
(a) Southwestern Australia
(b) Polynesia
(c) Western Europe
(d) Chile

Short Answer Questions

1. Diamond argues that examining Polynesia helps the reader see what?

2. What was one of the biggest population shifts of all time?

3. The Giant Leap Forward was which of the following?

4. What animal was domesticated in southwest Asia?

5. Plants like olives, figs and dates were domesticated around what time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the societies of Asia and the Pacific important according to Diamond?

2. What are some areas where food production didn't develop early on but the environment is ecologically suited to food production?

3. How do historical sciences differ from non-historical sciences?

4. What made the spread of Austronesian culture possible?

5. Why does Diamond believe that a shift in climate is not the best explanation for the mass extinctions of animals?

6. What are several stages in the development of plant domestication? Which plants were domesticated in each stage?

7. Why was writing an advantage to the groups that had it?

8. Why did the developments happen later in the Americas than in Eurasia?

9. Why does Diamond object to many of the traditional views on the uneven distribution of wealth and power?

10. How did the ability to use domesticated plants and animals differentiate the Polynesian societies?

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